The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

First Day Hike in State Parks

Not a lot going on around here right now except waiting on packages to arrive from online ordering but I ran across this article this morning which I thought might be interesting.

Start the year off on the right foot, the left foot, any foot – take a First Day Hike in a state park near you.

America’s State Parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. From California to Maine, hikers can climb hills and mountain tops, walk along ponds and beaches, and traverse trails through forests, fields and prairies. Visitors can listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife tracks, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks. Many other states have offered outdoor recreation programs on New Year’s Day, however, this is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.

Click on this link  You will be able to click on find out about the hike at each park.


  1. Just thought I'd say "howdy" and thanks for the hiking tips.

  2. Great way to start the new year!


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